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Understanding Community through Pictures. Abby Baker October 15, 2011. Why community?. Classroom community can evolve from learning about each student’s community. Pictures can help define a community through its problems and strengths.

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Understanding Community through Pictures

Abby Baker

October 15, 2011

Why community?

  • Classroom community can evolve from learning about each student’s community.

  • Pictures can help define a community through its problems and strengths.

  • Defining community through pictures can enhance the pride a student feels for his/her home.

    • Cultural traditions

    • Heritage and symbols

    • Clothing, family, religion, foods

The Lesson: Writing

  • Begin by having students write about their community.

  • Their audience: An unknowing reader

  • Provide a sample for students, perhaps one about your own community or the community where you grew up. (You will compose one today that you may want to use!)

Composing Community:

  • Describe your community using your five senses:

    • What does it look like? (Use rich adjectives)

    • What sounds do you hear? (During the day? At night?)

    • What smells remind you of your community?

    • What do you see on a daily basis? (Use explicit descriptions since your audience is unknowing)

    • What do you touch in your community? (literal or figuratively speaking)

The Lesson: Choosing Triggers

  • Next, ask students to circle triggers in their writing of things they could safely photograph.

  • Students should then make a T-chart of everything they can think of in their community.

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The Lesson: Photographs

  • Students choose 3-5 items to photo (from their writing and/or list)

  • For things that are difficult to photograph (i.e. drug use), students can take pictures of the effects of the item. (i.e. the effects of drug use)

The Lesson: Learning about each other’s community

  • Students then choose from the photos 5 that tell the story about their community. Arrange in a sequence to create a narrative

  • Students assemble pictures from all students into one big pile.

  • List themes and controversial issues (on board or projector, have students complete first, then go over as a class)

Creating a story from pictures:

  • Using the sample set of photos below (pretend they have been placed in narrative sequence), write the story of the pictures.

Extension Activities:

  • Create a story for a partner’s picture narrative.

  • Create a second story for your narrative, but from a different perspective (a visitor from another country, a police officer, a mother, etc.)

  • Swap photos and create a fictional sequence and story about a place unknown to them.


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